Limerick is best bet for cheap Valentine’s date

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

Dakota Johnson and Belfast actor Jamie Dornan starring in the much anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the raunchy trilogy of books
YOU can’t put a price on love, but Limerick is the cheapest city to bring your loved one out on a date for Valentine’s day.

YOU can’t put a price on love, but Limerick is the cheapest city to bring your loved one out on a date for Valentine’s day.

Love certainly doesn’t cost a thing, but according to a new survey - in the run-up to Valentine’s day this Saturday - Limerick is the cheapest city in the country for a date, at a cost of some €64.75

According to a cost of living analysis chartered by the dating website EliteSingles, a typical Valentine’s Day date of dinner for two, cinema tickets, and a short taxi ride home costs Irish singles an average of €82.

But in Limerick it’s some €18 less.

Dublin is the most expensive place to take a date out, at €89.55, followed closely by Galway (€ 86.81), Waterford (€84.60) and Cork (€82.45).

Limerick, however, is the cheapest place to take a date by nearly €25 in comparison to the capital.

However, it is still, nonetheless, a cash cow for city businesses, especially with the long-awaited film, Fifty Shades of Grey opening in cinemas this weekend.

There will be a phenomenal eight screenings a day of the film in the Odeon in Castletroy, and nine options daily for the Omniplex in Dooradoyle, from Friday on. There will also be nine screenings in Showtime on the Ennis Road on Friday and even more on Saturday, but cinema times will be reduced there-after. They are urging people to book now to avoid disappoint.

“Sales are fantastic. The last time they were this good was when the Sex and the City film came out,” Colm Healy of Showtime explained.

“We have put on about 50 extra shows, and now have 12 shows for this Saturday, across four screens, which is phenomenal. We’re really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great hit. And we’ll have loads of tie-ins and plenty of innuendo,” he said.

The most popular screening times, which are expected to sell out, include the 3pm, 7pm and 8.30pm shows. Tickets are priced at around €9 per person.

To put your loved one in the mood for love, fishmonger Paul Cusack of the famous Rene Cusack fish shop, in the Milk Market and on Alphonsus Street, said he is always inundated with requests for more exotic fish to entice the palates.

“We will have a dozen oysters for sale for €12 this weekend, but sadly no lobster. There are none around at the moment, they are just not enticed out in the cold waters and climate,” he explained to the Limerick Leader.

Real Italian Foodies in Castletroy, of the restaurant La Cucina, are also offering customers a ‘Love Box’, which includes the ingredients for dinner for two for two nights for €50.